About Kuala Lumpur Airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (often written as KLIA and known as ‘Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur’ in Malay) is the primary international airport in Malaysia and a key airport within the entire Southeast Asia region. Kuala Lumpur Airport is a large, busy airport, handling close to 60 million passengers a year. It is the hub of Malaysia Airlines and
What facilities are at Kuala Lumpur Airport?
Kuala Lumpur International Airport has two terminals, referred to as KLIA and KLIA2, as well as a satellite building which serves arriving and departing international flights, and features a huge rainforest at its centre. The airport offers a number of amenities across its two terminals, from Baby Care Rooms to a TV Lounge.
Check-in counters at Kuala Lumpur Airport open 3 hours before your scheduled departure and will close an hour before your flight takes off. The airport offers several check-in options including Advance Check-In, where you can check your bags in as early as 8 hours before the scheduled departure; Web Check-In; Self Check-In and Mobile Check-In.
Baggage restrictions are set by the airlines so be sure to check with your Flight Centre Travel Expert or the airline directly regarding the size and weight guidelines for luggage on your flight. If you need to store any luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport, there are storage facilities on Level 3 of the Arrival Hall in the Main Terminal Building as well as in the Satellite Building. If you would like to have your luggage wrapped before your travel, baggage wrapping is available in the Main Terminal Building on Departure Level 5.
Is there a currency exchange?
There are plenty of places to change your money at Kuala Lumpur Airport, such as Travelex stores and multiple banks. There is also an abundance of ATMs at the airport, although if you prefer to touch down with Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) in your hand, you can order and pick up your foreign currency before you leave home, at Travel Money Oz.
What are the other services and facilities?
- Baby care room
- Charging stations
- Children’s play area
- Muslim prayer room
- Shower facility
- Smoking lounge
- TV lounge
Transport and terminal transfers
What’s the best way to get to and from Kuala Lumpur Airport?
Taxi: Kuala Lumpur Airport has two types of taxi service – metered and and airport taxi. The metered taxi service is exactly what you would expect from a traditional taxi, with an initial fee or flagfall, followed by charges according to the distance travelled. Airport taxis operate through a coupon system, which includes a choice of vehicle and then a fixed price based on your final destination. Coupons can be purchased from counters at Domestic Arrivals on Level 3 of the Main Terminal Building and International Baggage Claim, also on Level 3 of the Main Terminal Building.
Train: This is your fastest option for getting to and from Kuala Lumpur Airport and the city centre. The KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop train service between KL Sentral and KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) and has a journey time of 28 minutes. If you need to stop along the way, the other option is the transit train service which stops at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, and Salak Tinggi. This alternative train trip only takes a little longer, at 35 minutes.
Bus: There are plenty of bus and coach options if you wish to travel this way to and from the airport. Services include an express coach to and from KLIA Sentral, as well as several services to other destinations around the Malaysian Peninsula.
Parking: If you have a car you need to park at Kuala Lumpur Airport, there are several options. The Short-Term Car Park is located next to the Main Terminal Building, and has over 5,700 bays. For longer term parking, we recommend you use the Long-Term Car Park near the Malaysia Airports Training Centre. From here, there’s a free shuttle to the airport terminals every ten minutes. Preferred Parking is also possible if you want to park a little nearer the Main Terminal Building and are willing to do so for a small fee. Valet Parking is also available.
Car rental: Several different car rental companies have service desks in the Arrivals Hall at Kuala Lumpur Airport, although if you’d like to have your car hire sorted before you arrive, you can book a hire car here.
How do I transfer between terminals?
If you need to transfer between terminals at Kuala Lumpur Airport, you’ll find the whole process quick and easy. There is a free, round-the-clock shuttle transfer service between KLIA and KLIA2. Travel time between the terminals is approximately ten minutes, with a wait time of around two minutes before the shuttle departs.